Craig Pickering (back) out of Sochi

Updated: February 7, 2014, 5:57 AM ET
Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Britain's Craig Pickering has withdrawn from the bobsled competition at the Sochi Olympics with a back injury.

Pickering, who also was on Britain's track team in the 2008 Beijing Games, injured his back Feb. 2 while training in Germany. Pickering also was forced to miss the London Olympics with a back injury and said he's "devastated to have suffered a similar fate" in the days leading up to the Winter Games.

Coach Gary Anderson said the loss of Pickering, a push athlete for Great Britain-2, was a "big blow and I am personally devastated."

Anderson said the team is still deciding which athletes to have in its sleds for the two- and four-man competitions.


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